Tuesday, September 19, 2000

Explorers saw frontier Ohio, Ky.

        Here is a time line of the first leg of the Lewis and Clark expedition:

        • Meriwether Lewis left Pittsburgh on Aug. 31, 1803. He had been there since mid-July waiting for the keelboat to be completed.

        • Lewis reached Cincinnati on Sept. 28, 1803 and left a few days later for Big Bone, where he collected fossils for President Jefferson.

        • Lewis reached Louisville on Oct. 14, 1803, where he joined with William Clark. Some historians say this is when the true voyage began.

        • At some point by Oct. 24, 1803, Lewis and Clark hired a pilot to navigate the keelboat and red pirogue through the Falls of the Ohio to Clarksville, Ind. From the 14th to that time the captains enlisted the nucleus of the Corps of Discovery, as the group was called.

        • Oct. 26, 1803, they pushed off from Clarksville.

        • The party made its way down the Ohio to Fort Massac, which it reached in mid-November. They recruited a few more men and went on to the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. They spent about a week. From there they went up the Mississippi to Kaskaskia, Ill., where the balance of the men were recruited from the troops stationed there. In mid-December they stopped briefly at St. Louis and Cahokia, Ill., and then went to the mouth of the Wood River in Illinois. The Wood River was opposite the mouth of the Missouri River and that is where the corps spent the winter.

        Source: The Filson Club Historical Society in Louisville


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